Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Swallow your pride occasionally, it's non-fattening!

Have your pie and eat it too . . . humble pie that is.  Eating humble pie is to be forced to admit you are wrong, especially in a humiliating situation.  It’s not a particularly pleasant thing for most of us.

The pie . . . such as it was . . . began as umble pie.  The umbles being what we, today, would refer to as offal . . . heart, liver and entrails. Who would make a pie out of the scraps?  Those who had naught and relied on the goodness of their masters. . . a person who was had no choice but to humble himself before his betters  The servants of a manor were forced to eat the umbles, often served in a pie, while the lord ate the meat.

Therefore humble pie is a play on words.  If you were obliged to eat umble pie you would be humble, indeed.  Or at least I would be.  Blech!

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